I don't play footsie with strangers. Sorry.<quoted text>
You're simply playing footsie.
You feign a position of "not taking one", and if someone answers you in a manner that excludes the gnostic gospels, you ask why they don't believe Jesus.
Pedantic and now tiresome.
Just be plain, if you can.
Oh, I have taken a position, you just don't want to accept it.
Self is what attains salvation, and by believing Jesus' teachings, all of them, gives you the information that will allow you to achieve that salvation.
"Believe in me" he said, I do. Do I have to believe he rose in bodily form? No I don't, because he probably didn't. This is where your belief and mine will differ.
Skip the Gnosticism, the Catholicism, the Protestantism, or even Hinduism, Islam, etc, etc.....no religion is required. None.
Men CHOOSE to believe in a god-like being, for comfort. If men could realize that their belief is for them to choose and not dictated to them, only then will men achieve the salvation they seek. A salvation that requires honesty - first with their own being - and then with others.
Self. No religion is required.
BTW Dan, tiresome is actually witnessing individuals who continuously lie about their belief in Jesus. The top one being - Christianity and its follower do NOT believe in all of what Jesus taught, even though each and everyone of its followers will claim that they do. We know you don't. But will they be honest about it. No, they won't. They begin to play, "God" said this, or "God" said that - when even then, they have no clue on what "God" said. Those followers take it for granted they were told the truth and BELIEVE it.
To this religion's followers, honesty must mean to lie.
I am saddened at all of the disbelief in Jesus though. Is it tiresome? No - so sorry to disappoint you yet again.